The 3 best wedding locations

The sensation is like being in New York or Hong Kong, but with a sunny climate all year round, and with the sea and beach. These are the Persian Gulf States and, not surprisingly, a tourist destination on the rise. Among them is Bahrain, an island, with Manama, the capital, that offers many venues suited for a classic thousand and one nights-style wedding. Located on a small private island away from the traffic and noise of the city centre, the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is a surprisingly quiet place and surely a unique choice for a wedding. The possibilities are countless: in fact, events can be hosted here with a number of guests ranging from 30 to 550: in particular, there are two ballrooms, an outdoor terrace and an oval-shape lawn, all with skyline views onto the futuristic Manama. The bride and groom are assisted by a wedding planner that helps them with the organisation of every detail and, if they wish, they can receive the assistance of a flower designer and a photographer too. The menu can be selected among the many examples offered by the hotel, or it can be decided by the fiancées together with the chef: whether it is a brunch with just a few family members, a sophisticated cocktail buffet or a proper banquet for hundreds of guests. As a finishing touch, the pastry chef can prepare any kind of cake upon request: just send a photo of your favourite wedding cake and it will be made. Very interesting is the possibility to use the “Bridal Suite”, a private area just for the newlyweds and their guests, with lounges, a room where the bride can change clothes and even a photography studio. Of course, the spouses are welcome to use the spa for a moment of well-deserved relaxation before or after the big event. After the wedding night in one of the luxurious suites of the hotel, the newlyweds can continue their honeymoon to the discovery of Bahrain and the other Arab Emirates, beaches, sun, sea, but also many surprises. In fact, here there is also the archaeological site of the ancient Dilmun civilisation protected by Unesco, in Manama it is possible to visit one of the most modern and documented museums in the Middle East and, lastly, another detail that only few people know about: the ancients thought that Paradise Earth was here! Probably this island was rich in vegetation before desertification and was a self-sufficient place for water, thus it was considered the Eden (paradise means garden in Persian language).

Not just the perfect setting for a wedding, but a complete organisation to make the event unique, from handmade invitations created with fine paper to the choice of wedding rings, and the photo shoot. This is what The Atelier offers, the new Roman location inside Hotel Cavalieri. Renovated recently, the first hotel in Europe belonging to the Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts brand is one of the historic hotels of the Italian capital that has always welcomed celebrities like actors or heads of State, famous not only for the elegance of its ambiences, now even more exclusive with its restoring, but especially for the unparalleled views of the “great beauty” of Rome. Surrounded by a lush Mediterranean park, in a panoramic position, it has many halls suited for a party with a few guests or for a party with hundreds of guests, all characterised by the presence of works of art worthy of being kept in an important museum. The many services offered include four swimming pools, two tennis courts and an award-winning spa, ideal for relaxing before or after the special day. The happy couple that chooses The Atelier will not be stressed at all thanks to the assistance of the experienced and efficient team available to turn a dream wedding into reality. And a perfect and unforgettable reality: every little detail is considered a top priority, the ability to customise the event is at its full potential and the style that the bride and groom choose for their wedding is applied in full detail thanks to the impeccable professionalism of the team. Of course, the wedding night can only be spent in one of the hotel suites, where guests can stay too if they wish. Even because once the celebrations are over, considering that Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world, the Rome Cavalieri can be the starting point for an unforgettable honeymoon in this beautiful country, starting from the Eternal City that can be visited thanks to guided tours organised by the hotel and then continue with an exhaustive route including Florence, Venice, but also hidden and romantic places like the medieval towns of Umbria and Marche.

The readers of USA Today voted it as one of the most romantic places in the world to celebrate an anniversary with its breath taking views and clear blue sea with an ideal temperature all year round: Kauai in the Hawaii archipelago can be called a Paradise. The isle is geologically the oldest of the archipelago and the fourth for size; it has a volcanic origin with a great variety of natural environments, from the pluvial forest to the mountains that reach 1500 meters of height, from cultivated plains to the desert areas. Even if, of course, its strong point are the white sandy beaches lapped by the azure waves of the Pacific Ocean. It also houses several endemic animal and plant species that can be found only here, like some types of euphorbia and hybiscus, and a huge variety of colourful birds, even because the mongoose, the predator that in other Hawaiian islands has exterminated volatiles, is absent. For its beauty, Kauai has been chosen for several film productions, from Jurassic Park, for the splendid scenery visible from the helicopter while approaching the world of dinosaurs, to Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the impenetrable jungle crossed by Indiana Jones, up to the King Kong film made in the seventies with the wonderful beach on which a very young Jessica Lange walked along. Among the various structures to choose, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is suitable for those who want an intimate ceremony, and for those who prefer an event with hundreds of guests. In fact, it is possible to choose to get married barefoot on the sand under a suggestive gazebo, or opt for an ambience that is ideal for a large number of guests, but always with an unforgettable scenery in the background. A wedding planner is also available to help the newlyweds organise the wedding, while the executive chef creates customised menus with the best ingredients and an artistic presentation. The gastronomy is indeed one of the resort’s special features with the many restaurants: Dondero’s offers an Italian cuisine, at the Tidepools guests can enjoy fresh fish and the Stevenson’s is the choice for those who appreciate oriental food. In order to be very relaxed on the wedding day, not to be missed are the treatments at the Anara spa with products made from local vegetation. After the wedding, we suggest staying at least a couple of weeks in this Eden, exploring even the other islands of Hawaii.